Rookie Blogger: 7 Things You Should Avoid To Give A Good First Impression

Apr 28, 2016Steven6 responsesBlogging

I remember the first time I got a comment on my blog. I rushed to my favorite forum yelling, “I got my first comment! I got my first comment!” Boy did I feel like a noob when one of the seasoned bloggers replied, “Yeah. I got that exact same comment on all 12 of my […]

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Reputation For Sale: Sponsored Articles Can Literally Destroy Your Blog

Apr 28, 2016Steven5 responsesBlogging

About 3 years ago I was shocked to see a blogger advertising that she’d accept any guest post as long as it was accompanied by a $40 fee. Since then, I’ve found out that this is a relatively common way for bloggers to monetize their blog. But “common” doesn’t necessarily equal “good”, as we saw […]

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Outbound Links: A Foundation Of The Web Fabric Is In Jeopardy

Apr 28, 2016Steven7 responsesBlogging

There seems to be a visible decline in outbound links. I think a lot of it has to do with changes Google made in their algorithms, but I also think some of it has to do with bloggers who just don’t feel the need to link out. Here are some of the reasons bloggers are […]

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Blogging Myth: Your Awesome Content Will ALWAYS Need Promotion

Apr 28, 2016Steven5 responsesBlogging

I’m an avid reader and I’m interested in a wide variety of topics so I follow links. If somebody tells my “You should click this link and read this” that’s exactly what I do. So trust me when I say that the idea that great content markets itself is a myth. I’ve seen countless blogs […]

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Blog Progress: 5 Things To Consider When Assessing Your Blog Progress

Apr 28, 2016Steven2 responsesBlogging

One of the drawbacks to blogging is that it’s very difficult to gauge your progress. Because every blog is different, every audience is different and every blogger uses a different marketing approach, there’s nothing carved in stone. It’s impossible to say “If you have this exact number of subscribers or this exact number of comments […]

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List Post: 258 Ways to Run Out of Blog Post Ideas

Apr 28, 2016Steven2 responsesBlogging

Surprised? Me, too. Usually I blog about these great ideas for coming up with new things to blog about and everybody says, “Yeah, Steven?! You rock!” But today I’m in one of those moods, so I thought, “What the heck? Maybe there’s somebody out there today who wants to kill his blog.” You never know, […]

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Brand Yourself: Use Your Blog To Score Premium Writing Gigs

Apr 28, 2016Steven2 responsesBlogging

There are lots of bloggers out there who love to write, they just don’t like all the other things that go along with blogging, like blogging about the same topic every day and worrying about traffic, which makes it a little difficult to monetize your blog. If this sounds like you, there are other ways […]

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Blog Potential: Is It Time To Just Give Up And Pull The Plug?

Apr 28, 2016Steven4 responsesBlogging

In an earlier post I talked about why bloggers might be driven to contemplate killing their blogs. Maybe you’re thinking nothing could ever happen between you and your blog that would make you consider committing this ultimate act of treachery, but I assure you, the time will come. But before you commit the dastardly deed, […]

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Blogging Practices: Are You Realistically Planning To Reach Your Goals

Apr 28, 2016StevenBlogging

It only makes sense – If you want to be the star center on your basketball team you don’t put on your cleats and practice tossing a football. You focus all your attention on basketball and jumping. Using the same logic, if you’re not reaching your blogging goals it may be because they don’t match […]

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Planned Articles: Are They More Effective Than Timely Posts?

Apr 27, 2016Steven4 responsesBlogging

Including a good mix of content on your blog is important for reader engagement and SEO. If your blog were all evergreen How-To posts and basic information-sharing articles it would eventually get pretty boring for your readers because there’s nothing new and exciting. On the other hand, if everything on your blog had to do […]

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